VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Oct. 4, 2018

October 8 - 14: Bristol's Weekly Traffic Alert

BRISTOL – In an effort to keep motorists informed, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides weekly information about highway construction and maintenance projects in southwestern Virginia. When traveling through highway work zones, use caution and be alert to changes in traffic patterns and slow-moving or stopped traffic.

To help motorists take the guesswork out of travel plans, call VDOT’s 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org for real-time traffic information.

Remember: Virginia’s Move Over Law applies to vehicles with amber lights, including VDOT vehicles and the vehicles of its contractors. On a highway having at least four lanes, if you see vehicles with amber lights along the shoulder move safely to the adjacent lane. If changing lanes is unreasonable or unsafe, slow down and proceed with caution.  

Entries with asterisks (***) indicate the listing is new or the status of the project has changed since last week’s traffic alert.



***Interstate 81 – bridges over Mulberry Lane: Work will begin in the coming weeks to replace the Interstate 81 bridges over Route 686 (Mulberry Lane) in Smyth County, located near Exit 50. To ensure the safety of motorists during the project, Mulberry Lane will be closed underneath the interstate beginning October 18. Pay close attention to detour signs directing traffic around the closed portion of Mulberry Lane. Anticipate lane closures on I-81 during the overnight hours once the project begins. (Completion: Fall 2020)

Interstate 81 – Exit 14:
  Work is underway to reconstruct Interstate 81 exit 14 to better accommodate traffic volumes and to replace the north and southbound interstate 81 bridges at exit 14. Motorists should be alert to the possibility of day/night lane closures on Old Jonesboro Road, as well as the possibility of nighttime lane closures on Interstate 81 north and south. (Completion: fall 2018)

***Interstates 81 and 77 maintenance activities: This week, be alert to the following lane closures on interstates in southwest Virginia:
Interstate 77:
- Nighttime paving northbound between mile markers 48 and 49 and near exit 66 and East River Mountain Tunnel in Bland County
- Nighttime pothole patching southbound near exit 41 in Wythe County
- Nighttime paving southbound between exit 32 and mile marker 29 in Wythe County.
Interstate 81:
- Nighttime pothole patching between exits 1 and 7 in the Bristol area
- Nighttime paving northbound between mile markers 61 and 62.5 in the Wytheville area of Wythe County
- Nighttime pavement marker replacement work southbound between mile markers 75 and 73 in Wythe County.


Buchanan County

Route 609 at intersection of Route 460 Connector Phase II: Due to construction of the 460 Connector Phase II, motorists should be alert to the possibility of flaggers periodically directing traffic where the road intersects with Route 609.  The Route 460 Connector Phase II is a 6.2-mile limited access highway being built almost entirely on a new location.  Phase II is located between the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I, near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with proposed Route 121 in Buchanan County. 

Dickenson County

Sewer line installation - Route 83 and connecting secondary routes: Sewer line installation work is underway along Route 83 and connecting secondary routes in Dickenson County, between Clintwood and the Wise County line. Use caution in this area and pay close attention to workers in the work zone. (Completion: Summer 2019)

Grayson County

***Route 743 (Rugby Road): The Route 743 (Rugby Road) bridge over Big Wilson Creek in Grayson County will be closed for repairs from 9 a.m. Monday, October 15 until 5 p.m. Friday, October 26. The bridge is located .7 mile from Route 723 and at the intersection of Route 58. (Completion: October 26)


Route 58 – rumble strips: Motorists should be alert to shoulder closures along Route 58 between Galax and Independence due to work to install rumble strips along the shoulder. Rumble strips are a safety enhancement that change the noise a vehicle’s tires make on the road, alerting drivers they are veering off the roadway. (Completion: fall 2018)



Lee County

Route 352 (Saint Charles Road) – water line: Delays may be possible during daylight hours on Route 352 (Saint Charles Road) due to water line installation work. The project begins at the intersection of Route 421 and extends north approximately 6,500 feet. (Completion: early fall 2019)


Scott County

Route 627 bridge replacement: Due to construction of a new Route 627 bridge over Copper Creek in Scott County that is being constructed upstream from the current bridge, motorists should use caution in this area. Be alert to flaggers in the work zone. (Completion: July 2019)

Utility Projects – various locations:
Anticipate lane closures during daylight hours at the following locations in Scott County due to utility projects:

  • Power line installation along Route 72 between Route 660 (Golf Course Road) and Route 627 (Reed Hollow Road). (Completion: Spring 2019)
  • Power line installation along U.S. Route 23 between Route 58 at Duffield and Route 871 (Natural Tunnel Parkway). (Completion: Fall 2018)
  • Tree removal and power line construction along Route 870 (Natural Tunnel Parkway) between US Route 23 at Duffield and Route 653 (Mabe Stanleytown Road). (Completion: fall 2018)


Route 23 bridge replacement at Weber City: Due to replacement of the Route 23 bridges over North Fork Holston River in the Weber City area of Scott County, motorists can expect one-lane traffic and a 12-foot-width restriction in each direction. The speed limit in the work zone is 35 mph. (Completion: Summer 2019)


Tazewell County

Route 460 bridge over Town Hill Creek - Richlands: Motorists should be alert to an altered traffic pattern due to reconstruction of the Route 460 bridge over Town Hill Creek in Richlands. Use caution in this area. (Completion: June 2019)


Route 102 bridge replacement: A project to reconstruct the Route 102 bridge over Laurel Fork in the Pocahontas area of Tazewell County is underway. Use caution in this area and be alert to signals controlling one-way traffic across the bridge. (Completion: Spring 2019)



Washington County

***Route 602 (Azen Road): A bridge on Route 602 (Azen Road) in Washington County is closed for replacement through October 15. The bridge is located .04 mile from Route 603 and 0.10 mile from the Smyth County line. (Completion: October 15, 2018)

Route 91 bridge:
Due to replacement of a portion of the Route 91 bridge in the Damascus area of Washington County, traffic is restricted to one 10-foot-wide lane and being controlled by traffic signals. Creeper Trail users should stop and use crosswalk buttons to safely cross Route 91. Use caution in this area. (Completion: April 2019)

Wise County

Business Route 23 bridge: Traffic signals are controlling one-way traffic across the Business Route 23 bridge located near the city limits of Norton while bridge work is underway. The bridge is limited to 12-foot-wide vehicles during construction. Route 610, located underneath the bridge, is closed for safety. (Completion: May 2019)


Interstate 81 Reed Creek Bridges (mile marker 83): Environmental prep work on the Interstate 81 north and southbound bridges near mile marker 83 is complete.

Route 615 (Railroad Trail): A project to install a new drainage structure along Route 615 (Railroad Trail) in Bland County is complete.

Route 23 crossover closures: The closure of six crossovers on Route 23 in Scott County between Route 224 and Kane Street is complete.

Route 605 (Porter Hollow Road) repairs: Flood repairs are complete along Route 605 (Porter Hollow Road) in Russell County.     (END)

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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